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Welcome to DTELS.ORG
updated 29 May 2015

Latest Updates

After a lull in updates this latest batch starts with a collection of photos sent in by Ray Ramsay relating to Cranbrook Region, which includes images of a passing visit to the depot by mallard ducks.

Antenna & Sites; 3 photos of wartime bomb damage on a tower at the Dunkirk site used by Kent Fire
Cranbrook Depot; 14 photos of people, depot and equipment.
Decommissioning; 2 photos of U450 and other equipments withdrawn from Kent Police.
Maidstone; 2 photos

Next up are four short videos sent in by Ray Ramsay made by Thames Valley Police (TVP) Television Unit in association with the Directorate of Telecommunications in 1987 on U-Matic tape. The videos were a users guide to the introduction of VHF/UHF mobile equipments entering service with UK Police Forces following frequency changes arising from the 1979 World Administrative Radio Conference (WARC).  Following a search for a suitable source to convert to digital format and by kind permission of TVP they can now be seen here: 

Thames Valley Police; four MP4 videos

From Mike Rignall is recollection of his time at Marconi Gt. Baddow when he designed the electronics associated with the PETA speed meter used by UK Police forces.

Speed Traps; Mike Rignall comments

Weyhill MU; from my personal library 7 photos taken circa 1990.

Reunion 2014; pictures and a framed group photo of this event.

added 3/3/15
Bygone Era Radio & TE; 140 pictures from a catalogue once held at Romsley of unknown whereabouts museum items. 

added 26/4/15
Welwyn Garden City; 3 pictures from Chris Cornell of a replacement tower at Police HQ.

added 29/5/15
Marley Hill; pictures from Dave Barras taken during the reunion held on 27th March 2015.

It is encouraging to know the site continues to be visited from people across the globe and on occasions still provides a source of new material.  Please do contact me if you have anything of relevance to the history of the Directorate, personal recollections, photos, memorabilia or regional reunions.

... and Finally
Until my next message sometime during 2015, I wish you good health, happiness and fortune.  Please continue to visit this site, particularly the forum for view new postings and this home page.

Steven ColeRegards

Steven Cole

Winter 2015 Reunion
updated 19 November 2015

A record number of 46 people will be attending The Civil Service Club in Great Scotland Yard, London for this years winter reunion to be held on Tuesday 24th November. No further bookings will be taken. 

An email has been circulated to all confirmed bookings detailing venue location, timing and attendees.  Please check your inbox and contact Steven Cole if you have not received this email by the following day.

Pictures from the event will be published early December.


Summer 2015 Reunion
updated 14 August 2015
A total of 15 attended this years summer reunion at Westminster Abbey College Garden, London on 12th August. The open air setting and warm sunny day made for an enjoyable time whilst chatting and listening to the Invicta Concert Band.


New Visitor to this Site?
May I extend a big welcome to those of you who may be visiting this web site for the first time. If you not already aware, this site is dedicated to recording some of the history of the Directorate of Telecommunications.

As a public sector department within the Home Office for England and Wales, the Directorate was responsible for providing wireless communication support to Emergency Service users in the two countries.

Its origins go back to World War II (circa 1939) and grew over the years to become a major service provider to a wider range of Public Safety central and local government services. In 1991 it changed its name to DTELS and three years later became a private sector company following a trade sale to National Transcommunications Limited (ntl).

For more information about this web site, please click here.


BEREAVEMENTS  updated 11 Sept 15

It is with regret to announce the deaths of a number of former DTELS employees during 2015.

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